'Pottersville': The Heartwarming Bigfoot/Michael Shannon Holiday Movie You Didn't Know You Needed
November 10th is the date the movie we’ve all been waiting for finally comes out. No, not Murder On The Orient Express. Not Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Not even Bitch (well, not JUST Bitch). I’m referring, of course, to Pottersville.
Wait, you haven’t heard about it? Oh, it’s just a lil movie that stars Michael Shannon, Judy Greer, Tom Lennon, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks and Ian McShane. With a cast that good, what could possibly go wrong? Answer: the Photoshop. Oh lord, the Photoshop!
So, it technically isn’t a Hallmark holiday film (I don’t think). It only LOOKS like one. McShane just showed up and clearly has no idea where he is. The back of Greer’s head seems to be missing. Shannon’s apron DOES have straps, they’re just impossible to see against a striped shirt. Hendricks smells something funky, you can just tell. And no, I have no idea what the source of light is supposed to be since each of their faces is shaded differently. Still, what a cast! Who cares if the poster sucks! It could still be great, right?
Here’s the synopsis:
The plot centers on Maynard (Shannon), a beloved local businessman who is mistaken for the legendary Bigfoot during an inebriated romp through town in a makeshift gorilla costume. The sightings set off an international Bigfoot media spectacle and a windfall of tourism dollars for a simple American town hit by hard times.
Holy shit, it’s a heartwarming small town Bigfoot caper! Want more? Here’s the trailer!
Look, I am DOWN with McShane and his freshly hunted meats. I could watch him talk about squab for 90 minutes, no problem — but that’s just me. The rest of you are probably trying to figure out how a cast this stacked signed on for something that looks so patently silly. And that, friends, looks like a sweet story all its own.
According to Deadline, the “indie dramatic comedy” comes from Perlman’s production company, Wing and a Prayer Pictures, as well as Shannon’s Plot Four Productions. And it’s actually the first film produced in conjunction with SUNY Polytechnic Institute, enabled by New York state’s film tax credit. It’s part of a push to drive film and TV productions into central NY, particularly the Syracuse area, as both an economic boost to the region and as a training ground for the next generation of production crews. It’s not a surprise, then, to see that both the writer and director of Pottersville, Daniel Meyer and Seth Henrikson, have mostly documentaries or short films to their credit.
Point is, the filming of Pottersville kind of mirrors the economic aspects of the plot! Only without the Bigfoot stuff, sadly. If Bigfoot was involved in the filming, I’m pretty sure we’d all have heard about this flick long before now.